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U.S. Leadership on Refugees: A National Security and Humanitarian Imperative

June 14, 2016 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

In advance of World Refugee Day, Human Rights First will host an event with Deputy National Security Advisor Avril Haines, along with national security and refugee protection experts, to discuss the U.S. response to the current global refugee crisis. Haines’ remarks will be followed by a panel discussion addressing how the approach the United States takes toward a responsible refugee policy will affect national security and U.S. global leadership. The panelists will also touch on the importance of pro bono legal representation and welcome of refugees in the United States.

The world now faces the greatest refugee crisis since World War II, with nearly 60 million displaced. Front-line refugee hosting states face substantial strains on their infrastructures, while global displacement challenges and the lack of effective responsibility-sharing among nations is impacting U.S. allies in the Middle East and Europe. The United States has traditionally been a leader in providing humanitarian assistance and refuge to those fleeing violence and persecution. With President Obama set to host a Leaders’ Summit in September around the UN General Assembly, the United States is uniquely placed to play a leadership role in addressing this global crisis while ensuring our national security.



Fried Frank
801 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20006

Keynote Speaker:

Avril Haines, Deputy National Security Advisor 


Ambassador Ryan Crocker, former Ambassador to Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kuwait

Eric Schwartz, Dean, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota; former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration; former National Security Council Senior Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs

Eleanor Acer, Senior Director, Refugee Protection, Human Rights First

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